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Back to School Safety: Improving Security at Home and On Campus

September 02, 2021 3 min read

It’s that time of year: kids everywhere are packing their book bags and heading back to school. At the same time, many parents are returning to work in offices. This means that homes will be left unattended all day, making them prime targets for break-ins. We often worry about middle-of-the-night burglaries, but most break-ins occur between 10 AM and 3 PM, when it is clear that no one is home. Instead of simply locking your doors and crossing your fingers, there are steps you can take to secure your home, protect your loved ones, and deter criminals.

The perfect time to bolster home security

A study found that 83% of burglars will specifically look to see if there’s an alarm installed before attempting a break-in. Homes without a security system in place are significantly more likely to be burglarized. Invest in your protection and add ‘home security system’ to your back-to-school shopping list.

The idea of installing an elaborate system can be daunting, but thanks to advancements in the DIY home security space, now you can set up an entire security system in a matter of minutes, and at a much lower cost. The Hex Home system offers highly accurate and ultra-secure home protection powered by WiFi wave-based technology. Hex Home is easily controlled by a user-friendly app and offers three different sensitivity levels including Guardian Mode, which will alert you when your kid gets home from school without setting off an alarm. 

Those who already have a home security system in place should strongly consider adding professional monitoring services to their security package for an added layer of protection that guarantees help will rush to the scene in the event of an emergency.

Professional monitoring brings peace of mind, all the time

Think of professional monitoring as your guardian angel, always watching over you, your home, and your loved ones, ready to step in if needed. Instead of simply setting off an alarm or notifying you if unusual movement is detected, professional monitoring checks in with you personally and dispatches local authorities if an emergency is confirmed.

Noonlight, the lauded company powering Hex Home’s monitoring services, is comprised of trained personnel prepared to handle emergency situations 24/7. If Noonlight detects an event through Hex Home’s sensors, the service provider will text and call the homeowner to confirm they're safe. If the homeowner or user indicates there is an emergency or they are unable to respond, Noonlight will dispatch emergency services to the home. They then provide local authorities with all the necessary details, including sensor data, so that the authorities arrive informed, prepared, and with urgency.

Homeowners can also ask for emergency help through the Hex app after an event is detected and can remotely trigger the siren in the Hex Home system if criminal activity is suspected. If you’re worried about what back-to-school means for your soon-to-be empty home, knowing you have professional monitoring can help ease your mind.

On-the-go protection for college students and families

Parents of college students can sometimes feel helpless, unsure of how to keep their children safe when they’re no longer living under their roof. Hex Home and Noonlight have the answer. Together they offer a ‘HELP! Button’ for subscribers in addition to professional home monitoring.

If a family member is ever in a situation in which they feel unsafe, all they have to do is pull out their phone, open the Hex app, and hold the safety button. Once they are safe, they can release the button and cancel the alarm. This indicates that they’re ok and don’t need help. However, if the situation escalates and the family member is in danger, they release the button and Noonlight will notify police of the emergency and share your GPS location details. The ‘HELP! Button’ is expanding Hex and Noonlight’s commitment to safety and protection.

This back-to-school season get an A+ in home security and family safety. Equip your home with a security system that offers professional monitoring services and be top of your class in protection.

Learn more about Hex Home's professional monitoring services, coming in September 2021, here.